This coming fall will be my last here in Alaska, for now anyways (Gotta love the military life!) and my plan is to do a float hunt with a couple friends from work. My target is caribou and bear and I wanna make it into the brooks range since ive yet to go that far north. I've been doing some research and looking at many rivers. I originally wanted to try and do a river that was more remote, but after thinking about it, decided otherwise. I'm thinking since this will be my first true float hunt and first time in the brooks, it might be best to just stick to the Ivishak. and not to mention its going to be cheaper and little easier logistically. That's not set in stone, but that's the river Im leaning towards at this point. Ive talked to a few air charters and have some base plans to be dropped as far up river as possible then float back to the truck. Ive read a lot about it on here, and have seen a lot of good and bad. Just trying to pick through it all and get an honest and reliable opinion on the hunting conditions for this river these days. I know ill see other hunters, but a few other groups wont bother me. What are your recent experiences with this river? my main Questions are,
I have two different leave choices I can choose from to forecast and hunt, August 14th-August 30th Or August 28th-September 13th. (those dates include the travel days ill need to drive up and back from anchorage) Which one would you recommend? some pros and cons? which time slot can I expect to see more bou?
Ive heard airboats are running up there quite a bit, How far up river should I expect to see them?
Is the better hunting opportunities traditionally in the mountains along the river corridor or once we get out of them?
I've read that there has been a lot pressure and pushed the caribou away from the river over the past few years. Any thought or truth on this? and Is this there still a fair amount of bears in the area?
what species of fish call this river home? and any tips for what to throw at them would be greatly appreciated. ill be using spinning gear
Any other advice or wisdom you all would be willing to bestow upon a young hunter would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for any input and all the help in advance!
-Very respectfully, Grant